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in the palestinian city. tourists are flocking there. but palestinians are being left out in the cold. nhk world has more. >> reporter: the streets now littered with christmas lights. this is the church of the nativity, the birthplace of jesus christ. this christmas time there are many pilgrims from all over the world trying to celebrate the christmas in the holy land. the church holds midnight mass every christmas. palestinians last year saw their state become a full unesco member. this led to the church's designation as a world heritage site. partly thanks to that, bethlehem welcomes yearly 20% more tourists this year. >> it's really weird to see that that is the place where christ is supposed to be born. that is really nice an it's a really pretty church. >> reporter: new hotels are going up one after another, and business has souvenir shops. this store even hired a russian employee to serve a growing number of visitors from a country whose economy is growing rapidly. tour groups are common. under israeli rules, palestinian guides cannot go to the airport to meet tourists. they are not allowed to
has the report. >> reporter: people in the city of nara mark the 40th anniversary of normalizing diplomatic ties between japan and watanabe moved to china with his parents many years before the normalizati normalization, but at the end of world war ii they became separated so, he remained in the city where he lived for about 50 years. a chinese couple adopted and raised the japanese youngster. as an adult, he worked for a railway company and eventually became station master. >> translator: i couldn't have survived after the war if my foster parents had not taken me in and given me such good care. they were so kind. >> reporter: but watanabe never flew back to japan. looking at a picture of mt. fuji always pulled at his heart strings. before he moved to china, he could see it from his house. so pictures of mountains always stirred memories of home. finally he was able to set foot on the land of his birth. in 1988, watanabe visited japan with orphans displaced by the war. he hoped to reunite with his family. but with so little information about his parents, watanabe couldn't find t
households in date city in kawauchi village. not all households may decide to return. radiation levels remain above the international level of 1 millisievert per year for ordinary citizens. government officials say they hope to lift the remaining hot spot advisories for 153 households in minami soma city. they are among 104 municipalities in eight prefectures where radiation levels stood at 0.23 microsieverts per hour or higher. administrative officials said radiation levels in the three areas are below that benchmark. a team of foreign experts held its first meeting with representatives of japan's nuclear regulation authority. u.s. and european scientists offered advice on nuclear safety. richard meserve is former chairman of the u.s. nuclear regulatory commission. he says people overseeing the nuclear industry must have technical skills if they are to properly enforce regulations and that those skills must be continuously assesd.d. he f f f f f f should be hired if necessary. andre-claude lacoste is the former head of france's nuclear authority. he say prior to the fukushima accident, the o
to host the games. tokyo is competing against the turkish city of istanbul and madrid. the international olympic committee will pick the host city in september next year. >>> japanese automakers say tension with china caused production there to drop by almost half compared to last year. directors of major car companies released their november production volumes on friday. honda factory workers put out 27,000 units, 59% fewer than the same month last year. nissan produced 68,000 units, down 43%. and toyota made 51,000 units, down 38%. directors at other firms also had reason to be unhappy. mitsubishi was 86% down, mazda dropped by 49% and suzuki's production in china decreased by 5%. but the automakers could at least note a slowing rate of decline. they showed an average drop of 43% on last year compared with 48% in october. reits collect money from investors who purchase real estate. tsc traders enjoyed a ceremony to celebrate the listing of the reit. it is a government affiliated administration from singapore. the reit's managers plan to raise more than $1.3 billion on the tokyo market
a wealth of challenges. nhk world's kaho izumitani reports. >> reporter: people in many cities have to weave through the crowds during the morning rush hour. kim on suk in seoul does that in seoul every day. he gets on the subway with a cart weighing 50 kilograms. he's 73 years old. kim earns around $600 a month delivering parcels all over the city. >> translator: this job means a lot to me financially. i will have to find another one if i lose it. >> reporter: elderly who live in urban centers provide a lot of similar services. they say they're happy just to have a job. south korea introduced the public pension system 13 years ago. people who paid into it for at least ten years receive a pension. but just under a third of the population age 65 and above has managed to contribute. they earn an average of about $275, so most have to keep working. some elderly who live in rural areas are pushed to their limits. this is the intensive care unit for people struggling with pesticide abuse. it launched last year in response to growing numbers of elderly patients trying to end their lives b
on rural areas and security in cities dramatically improved during the same period. since the start of the year, attacks fell 22% in kabul, 62% in kandahar, and 88% in mazhar-i-sharif. compares with 211. critical concerns are also detailed in the report. international forces have been training afghan security forces for years, but the report says very few afghan units are fully dependent from international counterparts when carrying out operations. another issue are so-called insider attacks by members of the afghan military against international forces. which are undermining mutual trust. the report also warns that the insurgency has found safe havens in northwestern pakistan and mentions the limited institutional capacity of the afghan government endemic corruption. these are among the obstacles to long term stability in afghanistan. >>> another story from afghanistan. the first rail service launched earlier this year with support from the international community. it is still in its early stages, but expected to play a critical role in reconstruction in the future. nhk world has d
what it calls the world's longest high-speed rail line. the railway links the capital city of beijing and ghangzhou in the south. shun ishibe have more. >> reporter: the first high-speed train for beijing is about to leave guangzhou south railway station. many passengers are carrying coats, because the temperature in beijing is about 20 degrees centigrade lower than here in guangzhou. the new line stretches nearly 2,300 kilometers, including a section already in service. the trip between the two cities will take about eight hours instead of the current 20 1/2 hours. china says it developed the high-speed train line on its own based on technologies used by japan's bullet train. the launch of the new service expands china's high-speed railway network to more than 9,300 kilometers. officials plan to extend the network to 16,000 kilometers by 2020. the chinese government temporarily suspended construction of high-speed train lines after 40 people died in a two-train collision last year. but it has resumed construction with the aim of helping correct economic disparities between england an
hitting the coastal city of ishinomaki. so far there are no reports of major injuries or damage. authorities lifted warnings and advisories two hours after the quake hit. this tremor struck in the early evening as people were heading home from work or getting ready to sit down to dinner. agency spokesperson believe it was an aftershock of the march 11th earthquake. we felt the tremor here in tokyo. buildings swayed for a number of minutes. local authorities in north eastern japan said the earthquake caused limited damage. nhk has learned that ten people were injured in four prefectures, including miyagi and ibaraki. more than 5,000 residents in coastal areas of miyagi prefecture evacuated to higher ground out of concern over tsunami. 15 flights at sendai airport in the northeast were canceled because the airport is in the tsunami zone. two nuclear power plants damaged in last year's quake, including the fukushima daiichi plant, did not suffer any damage. the powerful earthquake prompted local authorities to call for the evacuation of coastal areas in fukushima, miyagi, and iwate
city but it was called off at myanmar's request. relations between japan and china remain tense. japan owns the islands, both china and taiwan claim them. myanmar has made other moves out of the consideration for china despite the criticism from the west in november. police in the country cracked down on demonstrations against a copper mine operated by a chinese firm and a firm linked to the military. over 70 protesters were injured and forged close relations with china during the military rule when western countries imposed economic sanctions on the country in the past two decades, investment from china has totalled $14 billion. >>> as china increases its economic and military clout, asean countries are pressed to come up with policies that combine hard and soft approaches to the neighbor. geothermal power is attracting global attention. the philippines is taking advantage of the sustained energy source and the usage rate is the second highest in the world and strengthening its industry by teaming up with counterparts around the world. nhk world has more. >> reporter: columns of steam
many challenges. japan's robots may help ease their rate. nhk world. >>> next stop, hiroshima, the city passed a milestone in 2012, 100 years since the first street car went into operation. our reporter talked to the people that keep the famous street cars on track. >> reporter: the street cars come out of the shed. the city of 25 different types of trollies. they come in all shapes and colors, modern and vintage models. they carry 40 million people a year. these engineers have a job of keeping hero sheiroshima street old and new on the road. there are 60 skilled technicians in the work shop. this man has one of the most important jobs of all. he makes new components to replace worn out parts. >> translator: we always want to make new components as good as the original ones. >> reporter: on this day, nakahara is fixing equipment that connects the driver's control lever to the brakes. the critical parts is the connecting pin. if there is too much space between the pin and the crank, the brakes won't work properly. >> translator: it's still not working right. we need to replace the pins w
degrees in oklahoma city. 11 in houston. tuesday, you will see 1 degree for the low in houston. right down to the south, seeing temperatures really fall. and along that cold front, i should say as well. some very heavy rain and thunderstorms. which could be on the severe side, likely too. we'll head into europe, show you what's been going on to the southeast. a low moving across turkey, brought more than 250 millimeters of rain to parts of the southwest. now, the storm is on the move, but another one just behind it, moving once again across the balkans, another 30 to 60 cent meters of snow here and it will head toward turkey after that. across the west, conditions starting to settle down here, even for central locations, really good news. high pressure expanding here. very clear for you on tuesday into wednesday. temperatures are looking pretty cold, though. london and paris, both 4 degrees around the freezing point in berlin, as well as vienna, and minus 4 in warsaw and moscow. i leave you now with your extended forecast. >>> we'll be back with more news in 30 minutes. i'm gene otani in t
of singapore documents the history of the city state. on the 70th anniversary of japan's occupation, a new exhibition on world war ii. displays include sensitive issues, such as the killings of residents by japanese soldiers who suspected them of supporting the resistance in china. photographs and mementos honor the victims. another section recalls japanese national who saved the lives of many detainees. >> it's very impactful. because it shows all the photos and tells the stories through pictures and the artifacts. it's important to know about stuff that's happening in singapore. >> reporter: singapore was a british colony when it was occupied by the imperial japanese army one year into world war ii. military rule lasted for three years until japan's surrender. 67 years later, university students join a team led by a british ex parte researching wartime battlefields. they uncover bullets and parts of gas masks at sites where british and japanese forces fought harsh battles. this student studies archaeology and enjoys the benefits of modern life in singapore, but at the same time, she want
elephant foundation. many of these animals were taken to cities to perform in the streets for money. now the facility provides a safe haven for 26 of them. besides their primary diet of grass, they also eat locally grown aribica berries mixed with snacks like bananas. beans are picked out of the dung by hand. then thoroughly washed and dried. it takes up to 33 kilograms of raw coffee berries to produce 1 kilogram of black ivory coffee. this year, only 70 kilograms were produced. this entrepreneur has been developing the plan for the past nine years. he studied production of southeast asia's famous svette coffee using beans digested by small ma'ams. he honed his skills in indonesia but the spread of the sars virus forced him to rethink. >> what's an animal that will be large enough for production, safe enough for me to get close to, that's accessible and that has a single stomach so the beans aren't going to get destroyed. that's when i thought an elephant made sense. >> reporter: elephants are herbivores. they're able to ferment the coffee better, giving it a fruity taste. 8% of sales go
any major cities in this region going slew thursday and friday and even into the weekend. you're going to want to check in on this ahead of time, especially if you go home for the holidays or traveling in and around this area. that could delay flights and cancel them. you want to watch that storm system. chicago with a high of 7 and winnipeg at minus 6 on tuesday. not so much the case farther towards the south. a nice, mild, 24 degrees there in houston. now, let's look over towards europe. first i want to talk about this storm system here in eastern europe ar europe around the balkans. you saw 65 kilometer per hour winds today. this is due to the strong system moving off towards turkey, but still bringing with it gusty winds and heavy rains and even destructive winds possible at this time. don't be surprised if we see a report of a tornado out of this one. il it's just a very severe storm system. farther to the west into the british isles with clear skies. going into the afternoon we have another storm system off the atlantic. that's going to bring is all sorts windy and rainy conditio
the south and east of oklahoma city. 18 in the mid part of your week. as we take a look over toward europe, the balkans, watching severe weather. reports of up to 65-kilometer-per-hour winds has been seen. now moving off toward turkey. gusty winds, heavy rain falling with frequent lightning as the system continues to move off toward the east. much of central europe, conditions remain rather mild. airport delays actual until berlin due to heavy fog continue here and don't we surprised going into paris and london you see airport delays as well due to the system. look at all the areas in blue, indicating heavy rainfall. gusty winds coming out of this, likely reducing down air visibilities. in the west, temperatures mild. a pair of tens as we look toward the east, though, minus 16 in moscow for the high on thursday. here is a look at your extended forecast. >>> we will be back in 30 minutes with more news. i'm gene otani in tokyo.
in the southern city of karachi and in the capital islamabad. they are demanding that authorities provide them with protection to accomplish their goal of ending polio. pakistan is one of only three countries in the world where the disease is still endemic. it is not yet known who is behind the multiple attacks. the pakistani taliban has long opposed vaccinations saying they are a plot to sterilize muslims. however, they have spoken out against such myths. there are also accusations that immunization campaigns are cover for spies. following the death of osama bin laden it emerged that the united states had used a pakistani medical team to gather intelligence on the al qaeda leader. >>> the shooting of pakistani teenager an outspoken advocate of women's right to education has received global attention. her courage inspired many. attacks by muslim militants continue as does public anxiety. many are fearful for showing support for the shooting victim. nhk world reports. >> reporter: the 15-year-old student was shot by the pakistani taliban in october after championing girls rights to education. s
was installed two years ago. shanghai city authorities said the main cause of the accident was deterioration of the glass. they said the temperature between -- or temperature difference between the inside and outside of the tank made it shatter. >> democratization is taking route in myanmar. the country's president says there is much room for improvement in its government. our reporter in bangkok has details. >> the president spoke to the nation on wednesday in a speech broadcast nationwide via state-run television station. he urged government workers to do more. the president also said reforms are needed from the grassroots level up to the level of the central government. >>> in a speech broadcast through state-run stations, he described the country has falling far short of the international standards for good governance and urged government workers to do more. the president also said reforms are needed from the grassroots level up to the level of the central government. he called for the cooperation of bureaucrats as well as the general public to achieve a government free of corruption. he
lined up for bread in a suburb of the central city of hama. opposition forces posted a video online. the pictures show survivors calling out for help. one activist says government planes destroyed a nearby hospital during the same air raid. he says at least 200 people in all may have been killed. opposition forces have been on the offensive across the country. some are closing in on an airport in the capital damascus. government forces have retaliated by bombing residential areas. >>> japanese electronics makers are making use of digital imaging technologies to tap into the growing skin care market. fujitsu has developed a system that uses a smartphone to analyze the condition of a person's skin. users place a sheet called a color reference chart alongside their face and take photos with smartphones that have special software installed. the software compares the user's skin with standard colors on the chart. the photos highlights blemishes and pores and rate the user's skin condition. the data are uploaded and stored to help users and cosmetic companies choose suitable skin products
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